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CaneFires Host Youth Baseball Clinic

Jim Gabella Jim Gabella
Donovan Boone Donovan Boone
Jordan Maganis Jordan Maganis
Len Sakata Len Sakata

By Jason Tang

Honolulu (KHNL)-- It's definitely not their normal pre-game routine, but CaneFire manager Jim Gabella knows sometimes there's much more to baseball than just the contest.

"Just to be able to help, I mean that's the biggest thing, you try to help people out as much as you can, if you go through life doing that, you'll be very satisfied. I mean it's good to help people out," said Gabella.

And help out they did, as over 300 youth came out to get tips from the pros on how they can improve their game.

"The best thing I think was pitching, because they were really saying nice things to me when I was throwing strikes and all that," said Donovan Boone, 9, of the Mililani Warriors.

Even former big leaguer and Hawai'i great Len Sakata came out to give back to the kids.

"The fact that these coaches and kids with the league are here donating their time when they have a game tonight, it's nice and it's a good way to give back because not too long ago they were the same size as these guys out here trying to improve," said Sakata.

And it wasn't just the youth who benefited from the clinic, every coach and player on the CaneFire was able to take something positive from the experience.

"It's just a lot of fun to be around the kids and help them out, and it's good for our players to, to have them understand what teaching is all about," said Gabella.

Not only did they teach, but they also inspired as young donovan didn't hesitate to share his newest goal.

"I want to break Barry Bonds record."

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